About

Hi All!

portraitThis is the blog of Elmar Vogt, and it is professed with the Voynich Manuscript. (If you have no idea, what that is, this whole thing probably won’t make sense to you. Check out the Wikipedia entry about the VM!)

There is a fairly active mailing list trying to decipher the VM to which I’ve posted since I discovered the VM in late 2003. Now, two things.

  • I found that I probably lack the stubborness and dedication to actually crack the VM. If I can contribute anything useful, it’s probably more by acting in the way of an advocatus diaboli for people’s hypothesis, or by giving constructive ciriticism and making detail observations.
  • The volatile nature of a mailing list makes it sometimes difficult to access information. The fact that discussions can continue over long threads often makes them lose their point when looking back after a time. It’s difficult to retrieve the kernels of truth from the clutter of traffic.

So, I thought it’s probably nicer to comprehend my ideas and conclusions on a blog like this where it’s easier to edit things, should notions or facts have changed, and where it’s easier to find stuff again.

Enjoy, and don’t forget to leave a comment or drop me a line personally!

Cheers,

Elmar

5 thoughts on “About

  1. Fascinating puzzle! One thing I haven’t been able to find is evidence of anyone trying to solve this by employing an ‘optical method’ rather than simply attempting to decipher. There were some right clever bods back then…I wonder if the text looks different from different angles or through various lenses.

    Just saying is all…

    …fascinating…

    Icarus

  2. Hi Icarus,

    Thanks for your interest.

    The closest to your idea I know about is David Suter’s theory that the VM is actually not a manuscript, but a set of maps, and that the information is enciphered via the placement of words, letters and spaces.

    He himself can probably explain much better than I could. If you subscribe to the Voynich mailing list, you can get in touch with him. (And with the rest of the creme de la creme of Voynich researchers. ;-)

    Cheerio!

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